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Steam Starts Publishing Movies

Steam Starts Publishing Movies

Steam Starts Publishing Movies

Steam Starts Publishing Movies

 

Steam was once a place which was exclusive to games, but now it has move to cover software and a few documentaries. Today Steam has now started offering their first Feature length movie.  

The First Feature length movie on Steam comes from Devolver Digital, the publisher of Hotline Miami and Shadow Warrior. The Film is called Motivational Growth, and it will be releasing on Steam later today free of DRM.

 

 

This is not the first time that thing movies have been released on Steam, but so far this has been exclusive to documentaries like Indie Game the Movie and Free to Play as well as a few web series' like Payday: The Web Series.

This is the first Feature Length piece of fiction to make it's way onto the Steam Platform which is not about or directly related to video games, though the director of the movie, Don Thacker, is a game developer.

 

(Below is a trailer for Motivational Growth, but be warned, it is very weird and contains graphical violence and gore)

 

This could be one small step toward Steam becoming more than just a game delivery platform, becoming a service more akin to the Apple store or Google Play. Steam already sell game soundtracks and software, so is movies that big of a step?

 

You can join the discussion on Steam's first movie published on the Steam Platform on the OC3D Forums. We would like to know what you think of this, do you guys want to see Steam become a storefront for media other than games or do you want Steam to maintain it's focus on gaming?

 

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31-03-2015, 10:40:54

rzthrun
This is a savvy move by Valve in my opinion.

Steam (behind the Appstore, Google Play, and Amazon) is arguably one of the largest game delivery platforms out there. Bringing other content product types into their offerings pushes them towards being a company like iTunes, and away from one like GameFly or NetFlix. There is room in the marketplace for more of these multi-product-type marketplaces.

But Valve's experience with multiplayer gives them a unique position to leverage more from temporal media (TV/Film) then perhaps these other competitors.

This is a topic I could rattle on aboot alll daay. I know the DP of Motivational Growth, will have to wish him congrats. And it's about time I try to get my games on Steam. Motivational Growth is an apt description for the future of this move by Valve.Quote

31-03-2015, 12:40:33

Dark NighT
This would be nice if the store page wasnt such a big mess, why o why cant we remove the queue and curators thing in favor of having a smaller store or list the movies in those spots.Quote

31-03-2015, 15:36:15

rzthrun
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Originally Posted by Dark NighT View Post
in favor of having a smaller store or list the movies in those spots.
Until now, to my knowledge, the only motion-picture content on Steam was tertiary/supplementary products, like "Making of..." videos and such, not stand alone primary works likes "Motivational Growth".

Such supplementary products could coexist with the gaming content, for one reason because there are not that many of them. Frequently, this is desirable : "The making of Fallout" video is semantically linked with "Fallout" the game, although they're categorically different products. The presumed purchasers are already involved in the brand/ip: hence why the release of "Motivational Growth" is news worthy - cuz it's a primary text in video.

I'd say there isn't enough video content on steam to really form a sub-store or category at this time. If they continue single piece-meal releases like we've just seen, users looking for video content could become really confused by the mismash.

Currently, it is possible to see only video content on steam by using the "Movie" metadata tag to sort. But if they're really going to pursue video content, they'll need a decent sized video content library released simultaneously with an update to the UI like you've described.Quote
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